Environment

Reduces greenhouse gas
emissions by requiring significantly less energy to manufacture products from recyclables than virgin ore and by avoiding landfilling.

Energy saved using recycled materials vs. virgin ore:

• 95% for aluminum
• 85% for copper
• 80% for plastic
• 74% for iron and steel
• 64% for paper

Conserves natural resources.
Recycling one ton of:

• Paper saves 17 trees, 79 gallons of oil, 7000 gallons of water, and 3.3
cubic yards of landfill

• Steel conserves 2500 lbs. of iron ore, 1400 lbs. of coal and 120 lbs. of limestone.

• Aluminum conserves up to 8 tons bauxite ore and 14 megawatt hours
of electricity.

Diverts 150 million tons of
materials away from landfills.

Cleaner air and water from safely
removing potentially hazardous
materials and keeping them out
of landfills.

• Mercury switches removed from older automobiles.

• Lead recovered from computer monitors.

• Various harmful chemicals safely recycled from electronics.